September 2012 Reno Area Events

BEST IN THE WEST NUGGET RIB COOK-OFF                                 AUGUST 29 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2012                         VICTORIAN SQUARE, SPARKS

A world class event featuring barbecue ribs at their best along with special concerts, an arts and crafts fair and plenty of family fun.  For information, call John Ascuaga’s Nugget at                                                (800) 843-2427 or (775) 356-3300.

GREAT RENO BALLOON RACE                                                             SEPTEMBER 7-9, 2012                                                RANCHO SAN RAFAEL PARK

More than just an exhibition of gorgeous flying machines, the Great Reno Balloon Race brings together the nation’s top balloonists competing in events like the Hare and the Hound, Target Drop and Key Grab.  A trademark of the race is Dawn Patrol, which takes place as the sun rises and provides a great show as balloonists glow, twinkle, and fly along with choreographed music and crowd participation.               Contact 775-826-1181 for details or visit

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES                                         SEPTEMBER 12-16, 2012                                              RENO STEAD AIRPORT

The world’s longest running air race is the only place in the world where you can see five days of real air racing with six classes of aircraft competing in a variety of race classes, military and historic airplane displays and aerobatics exhibitions.  Planes reach speeds of over 500 per hour.  While enjoying the races spectators can visit the pits and watch race teams work on their aircraft, browse any of the hundreds of participating vendor’s booths, and enjoy a wide variety of food and beverages.  Contact 775-972-6663 for details or visit

TAHOE BIG BLUE ADVENTURE RACE                                              SEPTEMBER 16, 2012                                                   LAKE TAHOE

Defined by both the incredible beauty of Lake Tahoe and the towering peaks of the High Sierra, Lake Tahoe is one of the world’s most famous sporting playgrounds.  The region has an almost endless variety of spectacular mountain biking trails, adventurous hikes and, of course, waterborne activities on the “Big Blue” –  Lake Tahoe –  one of the largest, deepest and purest alpine lakes on earth.  The Tahoe Big Blue Adventure Race is a celebration of the natural environment of the North Shore and the perfect climate of “Indian Summer.”  September is a favorite month of Tahoe locals…and no wonder:  day-time temperatures are in the 80’s with the evenings cooling into the 60’s, the skies are deep blue with only an occasional afternoon thunderstorm rolling through (to help keep the dust down on the trails!) and, best of all, the bustle of the summer tourist season is a distant speck in the rear-view mirror.  This is a perfect time for a visit to the Big Blue.

STREET VIBRATIONS                                                                              SEPTEMBER 19-23, 2012

 .  Special appearance by Controlled Burn Fire Dancers.                                                                                                                                  


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